Famous British Judges

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Carrie Lam
(Politician)
Carrie Lam
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Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wan Chai, Hong Kong, England

Carrie Lam is a Hong Kong politician who has been serving as the Chief Executive of Hong Kong since 2017. From 2007 to 2012, she served as the Secretary for Development. From 2012 to 2017, Lam was the Chief Secretary for Administration. A controversial leader, Carrie Lam's administration witnessed the criminalization of the Hong Kong National Party.

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William Blackstone
(British Jurist and Judge Known for Writing the 'Commentaries on the Laws of England')
William Blackstone
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Birthdate: July 10, 1723
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 14, 1780

William Blackstone was a British politician, jurist, and judge of the 18th century. Best remembered for authoring the Commentaries on the Laws of England, Blackstone is credited with influencing prominent American personalities like Abraham Lincoln, James Kent, Alexander Hamilton, and John Marshall among others. His Commentaries, which were cited often in Supreme Court cases, were repeatedly republished throughout the 1770s.

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Jonathan Sumption, Lord Sumption
(British Author and Former Senior Judge Who Sat on the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom)
Jonathan Sumption, Lord Sumption
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Birthdate: December 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: England

Jonathan Sumption is a British medieval historian, author, and former senior judge. Between 2012 and 2018, Sumption served as a judge of the United Kingdom's Supreme Court. A former barrister, Jonathan Sumption is well known for his involvement in several legal cases, including the Three Rivers case. 

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Edward Coke
(English Barrister, Judge, and Politician Who is Considered the Greatest Jurist of the Elizabethan and Jacobean Eras)
Edward Coke
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Birthdate: February 1, 1552
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mileham, Breckland, Norfolk, England
Died: September 3, 1634

Edward Coke was an English politician, barrister, and judge. He is regarded as the greatest jurist of the Jacobean and Elizabethan eras. As a barrister, Coke took up important cases like Slade's Case. As a Member of Parliament, Coke campaigned for the Statute of Monopolies 1623. He also played a key role in the passage of the Petition of Right.

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Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond
(British Judge Who Served as President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom)
Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond
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Birthdate: January 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Leeds, England

Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, is a British judge. In 2004, she became the first woman to be appointed as a Law Lord in the House of Lords. In 2017, Brenda Hale became the first woman to serve as the president of the United Kingdom's Supreme Court, a position which she served until her retirement in 2020.

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Henry Fielding Dickens
(Lawyer and Son of novelist Charles Dickens)
Henry Fielding Dickens
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Birthdate: January 16, 1849
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 21, 1933

One of the 10 children of legendary English author Charles Dickens, Henry Fielding Dickens was named after author Henry Fielding. A Cambridge alumnus, he had initially studied math. However, he later took up law and became a successful barrister. He had also been a Liberal Party member.

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Thomas McKean
(Lawyer, Politician, Judge)
Thomas McKean
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Birthdate: March 19, 1734
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Province of Pennsylvania
Died: June 24, 1817

One of the Founding Fathers of the US, Thomas McKean was the son of a tavern keeper and later became a successful barrister and politician. He simultaneously served in the Continental Congress of Delaware while he was also the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Tom Denning, Baron Denning
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Birthdate: January 23, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Whitchurch, Hampshire, England
Died: March 5, 1999

Tom Denning, Baron Denning was a British lawyer and judge. In 1938, Denning was appointed a King's Counsel before becoming a judge in the High Court of Justice in 1944. In 1962, he was appointed Master of the Rolls, a position which he held for two decades. Denning was called the greatest British judge of modern times by Margaret Thatcher.

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
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Birthdate: March 2, 1705
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scone Palace, Scotland
Died: March 20, 1793

British jurist William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield is remembered for his significant contribution to the English commercial law. He had been the chief justice of the King’s Bench. Though he brough in new reforms in areas of finance, he mostly avoided dealing with issues such as slavery.

Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading
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Birthdate: October 10, 1860
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tower Hamlets, London, England
Died: December 30, 1935

Apart from being a Liberal Party politician, Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading had also held positions such as those of the chief justice of England and the Viceroy of India, among others. He had initially also been part of his family’s fruit import business. He had eventually received 5 knighthoods.

David Neuberger, Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury
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Birthdate: January 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn

English judge David Neuberger, Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury was born to a pathology professor and grew up with three brothers, who all worked as professors later. He rose to be the President of the Supreme Court of the UK. He has also been associated with causes such as mental health research.

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Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss
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Birthdate: August 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buckinghamshire

Born into a family of lawyers and being the daughter of a High Court judge, Elizabeth Butler-Sloss was destined to take up law as a profession. She not only became the fourth female High Court judge but was also the first female Lord Justice of Appeal.

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Brian Leveson
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Birthdate: June 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Liverpool

Called a “legal giant,” Brian Leveson is known for chairing an inquiry into the ethics and practices of the British press. Apart from presiding over the Queen’s Bench Division, he had also been the Head of Criminal Justice. He had also served the Liverpool John Moores University as its Chancellor.

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Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett
(Judge, Politician, Lawyer, Barrister)
Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett
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Birthdate: September 6, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ulverston
Died: February 10, 1962

Initially a Methodist preacher and a cloth merchant, Norman Birkett later became a successful barrister and even served as the King’s Counsel. A Liberal Party politician, he had also been an MP from Nottingham East. Apart from being a High Court judge, he was also an alternate judge at the Nuremberg Trials

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Thomas Audley, 1st Baron Audley of Walden
(Former Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain)
Thomas Audley, 1st Baron Audley of Walden
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Birthdate: 1488 AD
Birthplace: Earls Colne, England
Died: April 30, 1544

Apart from being a barrister, Thomas Audley, 1st Baron Audley of Walden had served as the Lord Chancellor of England. He is remembered for his contribution to King Henry VIII’s break with the papal authorities, eventually leading to the king being declared the head of the English church.

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Samuel Sewall
(Jurist, Judge)
Samuel Sewall
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Birthdate: March 28, 1652
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hampshire
Died: January 1, 1730

British-American merchant Samuel Sewall is best remembered for a diary that he had penned and which threw light on the infamous Salem witch trials, which he had judged. He was the only judge to have publicly regretted the decision of the trials. A Harvard alumnus, he initially also managed a printing press.

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G. A. H. Branson
(Judge, Rower)
G. A. H. Branson
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Birthdate: July 11, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, England
Died: April 23, 1951

During his time at Cambridge, G. A. H. Branson was a talented rower. He later rose through the ranks of the legal profession, becoming a successful barrister and eventually the judge of the High Court. He is also known as the grandfather of business tycoon and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson.

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Thomas Hughes
(British Lawyer, Judge, Politician and Author Famous for His Novel 'Tom Brown’s School Days')
Thomas Hughes
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Birthdate: October 20, 1822
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Uffington, Berkshire,England
Died: March 22, 1896

A qualified jurist, Thomas Hughes was also a renowned author, known for his iconic semi-autobiographical novel Tom Brown’s School Days. He also co-founded the Working Men’s College, as a result of his association with the Christian Socialist movement. He was also a Liberal Party MP, representing Lambeth and Frome.

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John Selden
(Jurist)
John Selden
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Birthdate: December 16, 1584
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Salvington, Worthing, England
Died: November 30, 1654
Thomas Bingham, Baron Bingham of Cornhill
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Birthdate: October 13, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, United Kingdom
Died: September 11, 2010
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William Paca
(Politician, Lawyer, Judge)
William Paca
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Birthdate: October 31, 1740
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Abingdon
Died: October 23, 1799
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William Garrow
(Judge, Politician, Barrister, Lawyer)
William Garrow
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Birthdate: April 13, 1760
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: September 24, 1840
Henry James Sumner Maine
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Birthdate: August 15, 1822
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kelso, Scotland
Died: February 3, 1888
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William Robert Grove
(Judge, Chemist)
William Robert Grove
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Birthdate: July 11, 1811
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Swansea, Wales
Died: August 1, 1896
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Henry de Bracton
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Birthdate: 1210 AD
Birthplace: North Devon District, England
Died: 1268 AD
Peter Taylor, Baron Taylor of Gosforth
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Birthdate: May 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Died: April 28, 1997
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James Iredell
(Associate Justice)
James Iredell
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Birthdate: October 5, 1751
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lewes, England
Died: October 20, 1799
Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden
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Birthdate: March 21, 1714
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: April 18, 1794
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James Fitzjames Stephen
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Birthdate: March 3, 1829
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 11, 1894
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Kenneth Aston
(Teacher)
Kenneth Aston
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Birthdate: September 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Essex, England
Died: October 23, 2001
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Edmund Berry Godfrey
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Birthdate: December 23, 1621
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sellindge, England
Died: October 12, 1678
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John Fortescue
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Birthdate: 1394 AD
Birthplace: North Huish, England
Died: November 30, 1479
Thomas Egerton, 1st Viscount Brackley
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Birthdate: 1540 AD
Birthplace: Dodleston, Cheshire, England
Died: March 15, 1617
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John Fielding
(Magistrate)
John Fielding
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Birthdate: September 16, 1721
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Abergavenny, Wales
Died: September 4, 1780

In spite of being blinded in an accident at age 19, John Fielding managed to become a magistrate. The half-brother of author Henry Fielding, he was nicknamed Blind Beak and was able to recognize criminals by their voices. He established the Bow Street Runners and revolutionized the juvenile justice system.

Sir Guy Green
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Birthdate: November 5, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Frome
Died: September 15, 2005

Sir Guy Green was an English film producer, director, cinematographer, and screenwriter. He is best remembered for his work as a cinematographer in the 1946 British drama film Great Expectations for which he won an Academy Award. In 2002, Guy Green was honored at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

John Somers, 1st Baron Somers
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Birthdate: March 4, 1651
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Claines, Commonwealth of England
Died: April 26, 1716
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Ranulf de Glanville
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Birthdate: 1112 AD
Birthplace: Stratford St Andrew, Suffolk, England
Died: 1190 AD
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Thomas Heyward Jr.
(Politician, Judge)
Thomas Heyward Jr.
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Birthdate: July 28, 1746
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: South Carolina
Died: March 6, 1809
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Thomas Chandler Haliburton
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Birthdate: December 17, 1796
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Windsor, Canada
Died: August 27, 1865
Charles Russell, Baron Russell
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Birthdate: November 10, 1832
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: County Down, Ireland
Died: August 10, 1900
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William Coddington
(Magistrate)
William Coddington
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Birthdate: 1601 AD
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: November 1, 1678
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Basil Thomson
(British Colonial Administrator Who Served as the Chief of Metropolitan Police CID During the First World War)
Basil Thomson
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Birthdate: April 21, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Died: March 26, 1939

Basil Thomson was a British colonial administrator who served as the chief of Metropolitan Police CID during the First World War. Also a prison governor, Thomson played the key role of arresting wartime spies. Basil Thomson was involved in the arrest of Sir Roger Casement, Mata Hari, and many Indian and Irish nationalists. Basil Thomson was also a well-known novelist.

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Louis Blom-Cooper
(Former Lawyer well known for his regulatory work, particularly as Chair of the Press Council now the Press Complaints Commission)
Louis Blom-Cooper
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Birthdate: March 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: September 19, 2018
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Oliver Saint John
(Politician)
Oliver Saint John
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Birthdate: 1598 AD
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: December 31, 1673
Sir Frederick Pollock, 3rd Baronet
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Birthdate: December 10, 1845
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 18, 1937
Gordon Hewart, 1st Viscount Hewart
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Birthdate: January 7, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bury, England
Died: May 5, 1943
Roundell Palmer, 1st earl of Selborne
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Birthdate: November 27, 1812
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mixbury, England
Died: May 4, 1895
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Thomas de Littleton
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Birthdate: 1407 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: August 23, 1481
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Elizabeth Lane
(Barrister)
Elizabeth Lane
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Birthdate: August 9, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bowdon, England
Died: June 17, 1988
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George Jessel
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Birthdate: February 13, 1824
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 21, 1883